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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 6 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 1657..


Answers to questions

Woden library

(Question No 1549)

Mr Seselja asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 1 May 2007:

(1) What was the total holding of books in the Woden Library each year from 2001 to 2007;

(2) How many titles in the youth fiction category were held in the Woden Library each year from 2001 to 2007.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) In responding to the Member's questions, it should be noted that:

a. The collection size in all branch libraries varies daily as materials are borrowed, returned and transferred.

b. Branch fiction and non-fiction collections also "float"between branches. For example, items which are borrowed at Woden and returned at Belconnen will be shelved at Belconnen instead of being returned to Woden.

c. The holdings of a particular branch library are therefore an estimated "snapshot"of a particular date in time, and do not include items which have since become "floating"or since been withdrawn from the collection.

d. Collection data for holdings prior to the introduction of a new Library Management System (LMS) in 2003 are not available, because that level of collection analysis was not completed or recorded. An exception is for the financial year 2000-2001 when a figure of 111,629 is available from a particular collection analysis document.

The total holdings for Woden Library are as follows:

2003

70,738

2004

79,804

2005

91,048

2006

104,269

2007

107,853 (as at 11 May 2007)

(2) The total holdings for youth fiction at Woden Library as at 11 May 2007 are:

2003

1,277

2004

1,601

2005

2,105

2006

2,645

2007

2,843


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